Gorilla trekking is done in dense rainforests and it is important to know what to wear on your Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari while in these forests.
It is most likely that your Gorilla trek safari in Uganda will be in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
The word Bwindi is a local word which means Impenetrable.
Indeed, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is impenetrable. For this reason, you have to prepare well for the Gorilla Tracking safari.
Preparation, in this case, means packing and wearing proper jungle clothing, footwear, hat, socks.
These will protect you from insects while on your Gorilla trek or Gorilla Habituation Experience.
The right Clothing and Footwear on a Gorilla Trek safari protects you from Nettles, thorns, Branches, pesky flies, soldier ants, spiders, snake bites and more.
When going on a one of a kind Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda, the same clothing applies. You might also need 3 liters of water and more snacks for you for this experience.
A gorilla trekking safari is not a picnic trip, it takes some forethought and planning. This is most especially when it comes to what to wear and bring while going on a gorilla trek.
Equatorial Africa isn’t a sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar, it is not a walk-in a Central Park.
Gorillas love spending their time in the Rainforest Jungles in the Heart of Africa.
A pair of waterproof hiking boots is a very good idea. The trails could be slippery in the early mornings, especially if it rained in the night.
Hiking boots give you excellent ankle support, traction, stability, and balance.
These are all important while Gorilla Tracking and don’t forget good, thick socks.
For added protection, you can tuck your trousers into your socks and protect yourself against insect bites such as ants.
Long Trousers. These can be jeans, khaki zip-up trousers, but they have to be long-sleeved.
A long-sleeved shirt is also necessary. Both of these protect you against Nettles, branches, thorns, and anything else that can scratch your skin.
Tuck your pants into your socks to protect you from fire ants. It may not look fashionable, but it is practical.
Many Gorilla Trek visitors will ignore this advice and come in shorts and tank-tops. Look at their exposed skin at the end of the gorilla trek, and you will find scratches and nettle burns.
It is best to cover yourself up with a long-sleeved shirt, trousers or jeans.
Shorts might be on your mind or a Tank Top, stick to our advice, and you will be glad you did.
Cotton undergarments will keep you comfortable, and women need to pick comfortable bras for a hike that can be tough.
Take along some Gardening Gloves.
Strong Gardening Gloves allow you to pull yourself up on vines, branches and not get scratched.
Nettles are present in the jungle or forest, and they cause a lot of discomfort if you get in contact with them, Gardening Gloves prevent that.
Those that use them are quite glad that they did since they often go off of the trail and enter the bush where the gorillas are.
You can take your gloves off when you are with the gorillas to take pictures.
A hat may also come in handy, it protects your head from things like the sun or rain.
A widespread hat is best for protection against the sun.
You do not need an expensive Tilley Hat, a great wide-brimmed hat will do, and you can wear it on your Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari.
Wear a Hat, you will be glad that you did by the end of the Gorilla Trek.
You are trekking Gorillas in the Rainforest, and often in the morning, now there usually is might and it usually is chilly.
A jacket, in this case, will come in handy comes in handy.
A Poncho which is also often worn by Rangers, Trackers, and Porters is another good garment to wear on the gorilla trek.
Use a light one that you can fold or roll up and put into your backpack until the time that you need it.
If you don’t have one, you can opt for a sweater.
It is not an accident that Luxury and Upmarket Lodges here have fireplaces in the rooms or cottages for your comfort. Since the areas are within rainforests, it gets very cold at night.
In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest temperature can go as low as 11°C/52°F and near Volcanoes National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla Park 10°C/50°F, even lower at times.